Management + Hosting How does it work?We contract with respected WP Engine1 for web servers and other infrastructure. They’re optimized for top-flight WordPress performance and can scale up fast when a flood of traffic arrives. To that, External Design adds services to relieve site owners of routine-but-vital chores, so they can focus on their true […]
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How to Apply WordPress Updates
WordPress is ubiquitous — it is the codebase for around 30% of the world’s websites.* It is powerful, flexible, and useable enough for most purposes, for most website owners. *You can find more random details if you need to justify choosing WordPress. Background: Why Updates Are a Good Thing WordPress frees website developers and operators […]
Hawaii web development with aloha
Please see our Oahu-based sister site for Pan Pacific Web Works Aunt Anita was married to my uncle, a man of some mystery and much affection in the family. An intelligent, articulate, and strong woman, Anita was living in active retirement up on the slope of the Punchbowl, overlooking Honolulu on Oʻahu, when we reconnected. […]
“Closed” web hosts vs. “open” frameworks
One challenge to building a mission-critical website on a closed system: Love your web host or leave it… along with their proprietary backend systems that made your site work right and look great (we hope). To move it, you’ll spend the time and cost of re-interpreting the site design and re-implementing its various functions in […]
How Often Do You Update WordPress Plugins & Themes?
We offer to teach most of our website clients using WordPress to update its plugins and themes themselves. It’s typically not a difficult chore, but it is yet another recurring task on a manager’s or entrepreneur’s to-do list. For that reason, we’re hardly surprised when someone asks, “Can you handle it for us?” WordPress is […]
A Host for Every Web Site
Building a new web site or major re-design? The way your web developer sets up a server for developing a new site may depend on how you want the site hosted in the long term. Because of that, be prepared to choose among web hosting options early in the development process. Web hosting explained Every […]
What’s In a Nameserver? DNS Lesson Learned.
Domain name servers The web domains we know use them: a domain name server routes internet traffic for www.ExternalDesign.com to the web server whose IP address is 188.8.131.52 (or something). DNS maps the names we humans use to the numbers that identify a specific destination or resource. Every web browser’s new HTTP request, for every […]